SCC Dictionary

Terms commonly used at Sacramento City College and other colleges.

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A.A. – Associate in Arts
A general degree granted by California Community Colleges.
AA-T – Associate in Arts for Transfer
A transfer degree granted by California Community Colleges designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree
A.S. – Associate in Science
A general degree granted by California Community Colleges with some having more emphasis on two-year career-technical training than the A.A. degree.
AS-T – Associate in Science for Transfer
A transfer degree granted by California Community Colleges designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree
Assembly Bill 540 created a new exemption from the payment of non-resident tuition for certain non-resident students who have attended high school in California and received a high school diploma or its equivalent.
Recommended courses and/or skill levels to meet prior to enrolling in the course or program to ensure success.


People who have graduated from the school.
The first LRCCD Step to Success, a formal request to be admitted to the College, via an online form.
Assessment Test
The third LRCCD Step to Success. Tests are used to recommend English, English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) and Math classes. These classes are prerequisites to many classes and are required as part of an AA/AS Degree or transfer program. For these reasons, students should have these Assessment results before seeing a counselor.
A method of experiencing a course without receiving credit. Sacramento City College does not allow course audits.
Alternately, see Degree Audit


Bachelor’s Degree
A degree granted by four-year colleges/universities, usually the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or the Bachelor of Science (B.S.).



California College Promise Grant (formerly Board of Governors or BOG Fee Waiver)
A fee waiver for eligible students to assist with the enrollment fees.
CalWORKS – California Work Opportunity & Responsibility to Kids
A state-funded Welfare-to-Work program designed to help individuals on public assistance become self-sufficient.
Intended to certify that students completing all required courses are prepared to meet specific occupational needs, upgrade skills, or for advancement in an existing career. Certificates require 11.5 units or less with grades of “C” or better in each course. The certificate requires completion of all courses listed in the Required Program of study.
Certificate of Achievement
Intended to certify that students completing all required courses for a major are prepared to enter the careers designated on their certificates. Certificates of Achievement require 12 units or more with grades of “C” or better in each course. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Sacramento City College.
Class Schedule
The listing of courses with days, time, instructors, and room locations to be offered each semester.
CLEP – College Level Examination Program
A rigorous College Board program that allows students of a wide range of ages to demonstrate their mastery of college-level material in introductory subjects and earn college credit.
A group of people banded together or treated as a group.


Concurrent Enrollment
A student can enroll and attend two educational institutions at the same time provided that certain criteria are met. For example, a high school student might also be enrolled in one or more classes at SCC
A course in which a student is required to enroll at the same time as another course.
A trained faculty member assigned to assist students with academic, career, personal, and crisis intervention.
Course Section
A recurring time period with a specific group of students (“grading group”) enrolled in a given course. A course may be offered in multiple sections in a given semester. For example, one section might be offered Mondays and Wednesdays, and another on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Course Transferable To
Identifies the transfer status of a course to the University of California (UC) and/or California State University (CSU) systems.
Credit Grading
A course for which units and a letter grade are granted.


Degree Audit
A tool in eServices (also known as My Academic Requirements) that helps students track degree requirements to complete their degree on time. The audit outlines what courses are needed for the degree and applies college-defined course rules.
Students who do not meet good academic standing for three consecutive semesters are placed on Dismissal. The student is required to sit out one semester and take several steps to be readmitted to the College.


DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors)

California’s Dream Act (AB130 & 131) allows AB540 students (undocumented students who meet high school requirements) to apply for and receive state aid, including Cal Grants, and services through EOPS and other state funded programs.

Dream Act Application can be found at The deadline is March 2nd to receive Cal Grants for the next academic year.

DSPS – Disability Services and Programs for Students
An SCC student service which provides a variety of academic support services to students with disabilities.


Education Plan
See iSEP
Courses elected by the student that do not fulfill a major or general education requirement but provide units toward the degree.
The process of formally selecting classes. Often used interchangeably with Registration.


Enrollment Limitation
Courses, skill level, or other requirements a student must meet prior to enrollment in a course or program.
EOPS – Extended Opportunity Programs and Services
A student support program for educationally and economically disadvantaged students, funded by the State of California and the Los Rios Community College District.



G.E. – General Education
Certain group of courses required of all degree candidates regardless of their major. These differ for the A.A. and A.S. degrees and for transfer.
G.P.A. – Grade Point Average
The average grade of all units attempted by a student.


A person who has successfully completed a course of study or training, especially a person who has been awarded a bachelor’s degree.


A distinction that may be earned by students enrolled in 12 units or more for the semester. Students will be placed on the President’s Honor Roll if they earn a grade point average of at least 3.0. If they earn a grade point average of 3.5 or better, they will be named for Highest Honors.


Honors Program
An SCC program which includes courses that university-transferable, more challenging, smaller in class size, and dependent upon student participation and research. Honors Program students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better based on high school or college transcripts.


IGETC – Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum
Completion of all the requirements in the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum will permit a student who transfers from a community college to a campus in either the California State University or University of California systems to satisfy that university’s lower-division general education requirements prior to transfer.


iSEP – Individual Student Education Plan
The fourth LRCCD Step to Success, an education plan created with and for each student which will serve as a personalized pathway to achieving academic goals, outlining specific courses towards a desired major.


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual and Ally
Lower Division
The first two years of college work, i.e., freshman and sophomore years and/or courses.


LRCCD – Los Rios Community College District
The second-largest community college district in California, serving the greater Sacramento region with four campuses and several outreach centers.


The major field of study a student plans to pursue, e.g., biology, nursing.
An agreement between the college and each student as to the steps both will take to help ensure the student succeeds; the formal process of entering a college or university, or of becoming eligible to enter by fulfilling certain academic requirements such as an examination.
MESA- Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement
An SCC program which assists educationally and financially disadvantaged students majoring in math, engineering, or science to succeed academically so they can transfer to a four year institution and attain a science or math based degree.


The field of study a student plans to pursue in addition to the major but with less emphasis. A minor is not required.


Non-Credit (Ungraded)
A course for which no units are given.




Pass/No Pass
A grading system allowing a course to be taken for Pass or No Pass rather than for a letter grade. A student will be granted Pass if a “C” grade or better is earned.
The process of assessing a student for basic skills such as math, reading, or English, and placing her or him into the appropriate level courses.
A course or skill level a student must meet prior to enrollment in a course or program. If required, prerequisites are listed with the course description.
Priority Registration
A privilege which allows students to register early so they can get into courses before they fill up.


Puente Project
An SCC program whose aim is to increase the number of educationally disadvantaged students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn college degrees, and return to the community as leaders and mentors to future generations.
Students who do not meet good academic standing are placed on Probation. During this period, a student is required to take several steps to increase her/his chance of academic success.



SAGE – Students in A Global Economy
A first-year learning community experience for Latina/o students that support the transition from high school to college.
A grant or payment made to support a student’s education, awarded on the basis of academic or other achievement.
See Course Section.
Semester Unit
In general, a semester unit represents one hour of lecture or three hours of laboratory per week for a semester. Most AA/ AS degrees require a minimum of 60 semester units. One semester unit is equivalent to one and a half quarter units.


Steps to Success
A sequence of tasks created by Los Rios Community College District to guide students through the enrollment and registration process, including Application, Financial Aid, Online Orientation, Assessment, iSEP (Education Plan), and Registration.
Study Abroad
An opportunity to spend a semester studying and exploring another culture, in another country.
An outline of the important information about a course. Written by the professor, it includes important dates, assignments, expectations and policies specific to that course.


The act of moving from one school to another, for example from SCC to a college or university. For movement from high school or another college into SCC, see matriculation.
Transcript of Record
An official copy of a student’s college record prepared by the Admissions and Records office.


A sum of money charged for teaching or instruction by a school, college, or university.


Upper Division
The last two years of college work, i.e., junior and senior years and/or courses. Upper division courses are only offered at four-year colleges/universities.
A campus learning community committed to the academic success, personal growth, and development of students of African Ancestry as well as other students of diverse ancestries with the emphasis on first-year college students.


A student who is pursuing either a one-, two-, or four-year degree.
A learning institution which is composed of undergraduate, graduate, and professional colleges and offers degrees in each.